You can create a live API Key to drop into your integration in minutes to begin address search and validation. The minimum steps to do this are:
Your account is required to manage your API Key(s), billing and licensing.
An API Key is required to authenticate yourself against our service. It's a long sequence of characters (e.g.
ak_k8pnfoj02I55011CRYDz0ZAwqltQT) commonly passed to your development team or dropped into an integration. Each API Key requires a Key Balance to perform live address searches.
By enabling automated top-ups you can ensure your key is topped up when the balance runs low. You will be informed by email if an automated top-up takes place.
Sign up for an account at Ideal Postcodes by clicking on the
Free Trial link on the home page.
You will be taken to your dashboard. From there you can authorise your account by clicking the blue
Authorise your Account link.
On the next page, enter your details and agree to our Terms of Service.
Create an API Key from your dashboard
Go back to your dashboard. You will be able to see your API Key. The long sequence of characters (e.g.
ak_k8pnfoj02I55011CRYDz0ZAwqltQT) represents your API Key.
Click on the blue
Manage button to access your key dashboard. From there you can edit security, notifications and other settings.
For instance, you can apply a name to your key via the
Key Information panel. Click on the
Edit Name button and amend accordingly.
Click on the
Billing tab on the left side bar on your dashboard.
From there, add a payment method and click on
Save Card. If successful, you should see a
Payment Method panel with your card details.
Scroll down the page to the
API Keys section. Enable Automated Top-Ups by selecting a top-up plan and your payment method.
Enable and confirm that you wish to enable automated top-ups. This should now be reflected in the
API Keys section.